High School Assessment Changes

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Dear CISD High School Learners, Parents, and Guardians:

In an effort to develop a comprehensive assessment system that provides our learners and their parents  or guardians with data to make course, college, and career decisions, Coppell ISD is revising the assessments given in 11th grade, while continuing the current assessment practice in 10th grade. 

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, all learners in grades 10 and 11 will be administered the PSAT NMSQT, or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, at no cost to the learner or their families. The PSAT NMSQT is a two-hour assessment with math, verbal, and English grammar sections. The PSAT NMSQT provides the following benefits:

  • Helps prepare learners for taking the SAT;
  • Learners in 11th grade who take the PSAT NMSQT may enter the National Merit Scholarship Program, which provides learners the opportunity to earn scholarships and academic recognition;
  • Provides an Advanced Placement (AP) potential tool that helps learners and their parents or guardians determine potential success in AP courses; the tool also recommends AP courses that are good matches for the learners;
  • Allows educators to use the data for instructional planning as they prepare learners for college and career readiness;
  • Allows learners to use the data to target academic goals for themselves; and
  • Provides learners the opportunity to practice for the SAT.

For additional information regarding the PSAT NMSQT, please visit the following websites:

As a result of this decision, the ACT (American College Testing) assessment no longer will be given by the district to all learners in 11th grade during the school day. Learners choosing to take this assessment may visit the following website for details on registration deadlines, testing dates, preparation information, cost and available newsletters to help learners with their postsecondary plans: 

We appreciate your support as we develop an assessment system that provides learners with benefits both during and beyond their high school years. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Youngs at dyoungs@coppellisd.com.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we work together to provide comprehensive assessment tools for our learners.


Dr. Angie Applegate
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Debbie Youngs
Director of Research, Accountability, and Assessment